Week 12 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

There’s no time to waste this week in getting your lineups set and ready to go with three games on Thursday. We also have all 32 teams playing, so there are plenty of options for your starting lineups. Let’s break down which of those options are best and look at the Top 50 Wide Receivers of the week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona
  3. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Cleveland
  4. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington
  5. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh
  6. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia
  7. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Seattle
  8. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ Tampa Bay
  9. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers @ Oakland
  10. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit
  11. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta
  12. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. Carolina
  13. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots @ NY Jets
  14. Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay
  15. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Buffalo
  16. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles
  17. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco
  18. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. San Diego
  19. Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh
  20. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles
  21. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati
  22. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City
  23. Terrelle Pryor – Cleveland Browns vs. NY Giants
  24. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota
  25. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia
  26. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets vs. New England
  27. Tyrell Williams – San Diego Chargers @ Houston
  28. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins @ Dallas
  29. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans @ Chicago
  30. Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles
  31. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia
  32. DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco
  33. Kenny Britt – Los Angeles Rams @ New Orleans
  34. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins @ Dallas
  35. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders vs. Carolina
  36. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants @ Cleveland
  37. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota
  38. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City
  39. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati
  40. Travis Benjamin – San Diego Chargers @ Houston
  41. Will Fuller – Houston Texans vs. San Diego
  42. Cameron Meredith – Chicago Bears vs. Tennessee
  43. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins @ Dallas
  44. Jeremy Maclin – Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver
  45. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore
  46. Tajae Sharpe – Tennessee Titans @ Chicago
  47. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington
  48. Corey Coleman – Cleveland Browns vs. NY Giants
  49. Eli Rogers – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis
  50. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta


  • I don’t put Dez Bryant in the Top 5 of this list without hesitation, but my fears are slowly being eased. In four games since returning from injury he has four TD grabs, and while he had one terrible game he has had three really good ones. I worried at first about Dak Prescott being able to get him the ball effectively, but those fears have been answered as Bryant keeps racking up the yardage. This is a prime matchup in a big spot on Thanksgiving Day, so I expect that we’ll see the best from Bryant.
  • The model of consistency at the position right now might just be Larry Fitzgerald. The veteran receiver has at least five catches in every game this season. In just the last four games he has 37 catches, a truly impressive feat. The struggle of it is that he hasn’t found the end zone in any of the last five games. Fitzgerald is still getting targeted in the red zone more than anyone else and so I think the TD’s are going to come and meanwhile he gets you points in other ways.
  • At last Julian Edelman is starting to come alive for the Patriots. He has two TD grabs in the last three games and in the last two weeks he has 15 catches for 176 yards. The Patriots options on offense are dwindling and Edelman is re-emerging as the go to guy for Tom Brady. This is a good time for Edelman to hit a big time matchup against the New York Jets too and I expect we’ll see borderline WR1 numbers.
  • Father time has yet to catch up with Steve Smith Sr., as he just turned in one of his best performances of the season with eight catches for 99 yards and a TD. This is now back to back weeks with a TD catch and he’s back to that place where you can trust him as an almost weekly option. Smith has supplanted Mike Wallace as the go to guy once again and I see him as an option in all formats this week.
  • Who would’ve thought after waiting all this time for Kenny Britt to be a consistent fantasy option, it finally happens when he has some of the worst QB’s of his career. He is consistently grabbing four to five catches and he’s a threat to score a TD in every game. Now he’s coming into a huge opportunity against the New Orleans Saints, and while Jared Goff is less than trustworthy the numbers should still be there.
  • At this point how can you not trust Rishard Matthews to be an every week player for you? In the last seven weeks he has 6 TD and is averaging almost five catches per game. Despite not finding the end zone this last week, it may have been Matthews best game as he grabbed nine catches for 122 yards. Marcus Mariota gets others involved, like Tajae Sharpe, Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright, but Matthews is the go to go guy and I trust him at this point in almost any matchup.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 12 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Week 12 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 12 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks


  1. Barney says:

    HI prof 10 team std. Start 2 rubs from McCoy ware booker and Jeremy hill. Also who to start Eli zak or mariota and flex Jarvis Landry or a rb. Thanks

  2. Keith says:

    10 team standard on Yahoo
    Need 3
    Jordy Nelson, Kelvin Benjamin, Donte Moncrief, Jamison Crowder, Rishard Matthews, Cameron Meredith
    Kelvin has been pretty consistent with the 6-7 point range but Cam’s play this year is bringing me down on him

    Would you drop either Ty Montgomery or Cameron Meredith at this point to try for Tyler Boyd after the AJ Green injury?

    • Keith says:

      Do you think losing the threat of AJ will help or hurt Eifert down the stretch? More looks but the extra coverage guy that AJ normally merited will be free to roam now.

  3. Krysta says:

    More of a flex question. I’m starting RB’s are Melvin Gordon and Jonathan Stewart. Assuming everyone’s healthy, who in flex: Mark Ingram (who could be interchanged w/Stewart?), Jarvis Landry, Sterling Shepard or James Starks? I am in a must win situation for the last spot in the playoffs!!

  4. Gern says:

    Where would you put Watkins upon his return? I picked up D Jax when Green went down, but have Edelman, Matthews, and Tate who could hold the fort while awaiting Watkins’ return. Just not sure if D Jax or Watkins have a higher ceiling ROS. My guess is D Jax has a higher floor, but it’s probably just below Tate.

  5. Haggy says:

    If I can’t get Boyd is Lafell worth taking.

  6. Chris says:

    Is ty Hilton still worth playing if Andrew luck doesn’t play my other options are Diggs marshall and Landry and my other starter is jordy nelson

  7. Barney – McCoy (ih healthy)/Ware; Mariota; Booker for the FLEX

    Q1 – At this point I’m going Jordy/Benjamin/Matthews (though I have concerns)
    Q2 – Montgomery can go w/o an issue
    Q3 – It may help in his opportunities, especially with Bernard out as well

    Krysta – Of those guys, I’d probably roll Starks

    Gern – I’d say Watkins has the higher ceiling but the lower floor

    Haggy – I’d go Boyd of the two

    Chris – Probably not, unless Diggs is hurt

  8. Carmen says:

    Hello Prof,
    currently have nelson + fitzgerald as my main WRs- but as my flex, I have the choice to roll diggs, moncrief, britt or wallace..initially I was leaning towards diggs, but it seems as though when he isn’t 100%, he certainly doesn’t play 100% (he appears to be somewhat banged up this week)

    also, my first RB is bell thankfully, but my choice for my second RB is crowell or rawls…crowell has been all over the place this season, and I fear for the brown’s constant choice to simply abandon the run game when things aren’t looking up (+ rawls seems as though he’ll be chief back next week)


  9. JL says:

    Mariota or R. Wilson? Need 2 stand: TY, tyrell williams, d. thomas, r. cobb, sterling shepard? Thank you

  10. WoZ says:

    Hi Prof,

    K. Dixon or D. Lewis ROS ? My wish is to replace one of them by S. Watkins.

    Thanks a lot !

  11. YFish says:

    Hello Prof,

    In an one point, PPR, would it be advisable to start TY Hilton without the presence of Luck or should I take the safer route and pick Crabtree?

  12. YFish says:

    Also, Eifert or Kelce? Thanks

  13. chris says:

    Need a WR1 and WR2- currently have Hilton and cobb starting but no Andrew luck makes me hesitant. I have crabtree and pryor on the bench. Please Help!!! also have Meredith .

  14. darrick says:

    hey professor, which 2 wr’s do i start this week in a 1/2 ppr league. D.thomas, B.cooks, R.matthews or Beasly

  15. Jim says:


    Do you think Marvin Jones will turn it around? Should I drop him for Steve Smith, Sammy Watkins, Tyler Boyd, Sterling Shepard. Please rank these for the ROS. Thanks.

  16. chris – I’d stick with Hilton, it’s Moncrief I’m real concerned about

    darrick – Thomas/Cooks

    Jim – I would drop him for Watkins, with Smith #2 and the other two real intriguing

  17. Eric says:

    Ok prof- std. League which 5 would u roll? Dez, Baldwin, K. Benjamin, Martin, Miller, Reddick, J. Stewart

  18. Too Tall says:

    Hi Professor,

    10 team standard league.

    I have J. Crowder, Tyrell Williams, J. Nelson, DeAndre Hopkins for WRs. Booker, Ware, Coleman, Howard, and T. Hightower for Rbs. Would you drop any for Sammy Watkins? And is it time to give up on DeAndre Hopkins or wait a couple weeks? Thanks.

  19. LK says:

    Hey Prof,
    If Diggs is out would you consider Thielen or Boyd?

  20. Eric – I’d sit Riddick, Stewart & Benjamin

    Too Tall – Can’t give up on Hopkins completely. As for Watkins, well worth grabbing. I’d love to say drop Hightower, but you need RB more so I’d prob. ditch Crowder

  21. romo says:

    hey roto. i need 3. pryor, hilton, meridth, sanders, or landry. I’m not sure if i fully trust hilton given he’s ranked high on ur list

  22. chris says:

    WR2 and flex- I have latavius murray and Inman starting. On the bench– crabtree, Watkins or cobb? also ivory and pryor but not sure about them

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